Willie Daniel “Sonny” Ray, age 75, of Carrollton, AL took his heavenly flight on April 10, 2019 at his residence. Funeral services were held Friday, April 12, 2019 at Cross Roads Baptist Church in Carrollton with Rev. Shawn McDaniel and Rev. Joe Fondren officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with Skelton Funeral Home of Reform directing. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister Bonnie Sue Ray; stepmother, Marine Ray and sister-in-law, Joyce Ray.
Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Peggy Jones Ray of Carrollton, AL; his daughter, Vicky R. Klug (Rodney) of Carrollton, AL; his son, Tony W. Ray (Rhonda) of Bethlehem, GA; three brothers, Jackie Ray (Kathy) of Ethelsville, AL, Lavern Ray (Mary) of Carrollton, AL and Wayne Ray (Deborah) of Carrollton, AL; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Sonny was born March 21, 1944 in Pickens County, Alabama to the late Roy C. Ray and Alma L. Oglesby Ray. He was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church and he retired from Baldor Electric in Columbus, MS in 2011 with 44 years of service.
Sonny loved making music, working on old cars including his precious 1947 Ford Coupe from the ground up. He loved spending time and making memories with family and friends.
Sonny became a child of God in 1971 and from that time he spent many hours serving his Lord. He held several positions in his church, from music director, Sunday School and Training Union director to being ordained as a Deacon in 1976 at Cross Roads Baptist Church in Carrollton.
Pallbearers were Darrin Ray, Chris Ray, Joey Ray, Jason Wilkins, Tyler Wilkins, Ethan Wilkins, Matthew Madison and Curtis Sultzbach.
Honorary Pallbearers were Dr. Fenton, Dr. Tucker, Dr. Brooke, Dr. Sullivan, the staff of Pickens County Medical Center, Encompass Home Health and Hospice of West Alabama.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Cross Roads Cemetery Fund, c/o Kaye Bonner, 56 New Providence Road, Reform, AL 35481.